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Bookin' West: Tall Tales and "Books of Every Sort and Size From Fanny Hill to The Bible" on The Journey West
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TitleBookin' West: Tall Tales and "Books of Every Sort and Size From Fanny Hill to The Bible" on The Journey West
AbstractThis bibliographic essay examines the books widely read in the nineteenth century that had an influence on pioneers. It includes extracts from various journals and letters of pioneers that mention the books they took on their overland journeys. The books most included on the journey were the family Bible, anything written by Shakespeare, Webster's dictionary, guidebooks, and children's readers, etc. "During their journey westward, emigrants and adventurers brought, bought, borrowed, traded, cast off, or picked up books whenever it suited. Perhaps their greatest legacy was to leave behind their own writings--diaries, journals, letters, and reminiscences--which continue to fuel twenty-first-century imaginations with epic stories of heroes, romance, and adventure."
AuthorMargaret F. Walker
DateFall 2007
SourceOverland Journal
PublisherOregon-California Trails Association
Frontier & pioneer life
Local SubjectOverland Journeys
Item TypeMagazine article
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Item ID217640
CONTENTdm number37301
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